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Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP)

How to Apply

Students interested in becoming a Hajim School Grand Challenges Scholar should:

  • Write a letter of application which includes the following information (two pages maximum):
    • List your name, phone number, email address, expected major, and expected class year
    • Describe what you hope to gain from the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP)
    • Describe which Grand Challenge interests you the most and why
    • List any activities or courses have you already completed that satisfy one or more of the five GCSP competencies
    • Describe your initial plan for fulfilling the GCSP requirements and with whom you’ve discussed your ideas
  • Create or update your resume

Submit these documents as a single pdf file with the filename "GCSP Application – Your Name.pdf". Attach that file to an email and send to In the subject line, write "GCSP Application.”


Admittance to the program is based on the following criteria:
  • Good academic standing (there is no minimum GPA to participate)
  • A clear demonstrated interest in participating in the program, as evidenced through the application letter
  • A well thought‑out plan for how to meet the components of the GCSP

We anticipate being able to admit into the program all students who meet these criteria. For the 2017-18 academic year, the deadline is March 30th, 2018.

Students are encouraged to discuss their desire to become a Hajim School Grand Challenge Scholar with either Emma Derisi or Lisa Norwood as early as possible in order to allow enough time to complete a plan of action for documenting progress toward, and completing each of the GCSP's five components for the Grand Challenge of their choice.

More information:

Learn more about the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program by visiting their official website.

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